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Athletic Training Program Admission Requirements

Program applications

Applications for the Master of Science in Athletic Training at the University of Indianapolis should be submitted through the ATCAS website

Admission options

The two-year post-bachelor's degree option is designed for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have met the admission requirements for graduate entry. While students can be eligible for admission with any undergraduate degree, having a health-related major such as exercise science, public health education, health and physical education teaching, biology, psychology or pre-OT/PT is strongly encouraged as they fulfill the necessary prerequisites for admission into the master's program.

The MSAT program is 65 credit hours and takes two years (six semesters) to complete. Students will be able to apply to UIndy's graduate athletic training program beginning June 29, 2017. Those who are accepted will formally begin the program in June 2018. Students may take missing prerequisite courses in the Spring 2018 semester.

For consideration of acceptance into the program, you must:

  • Complete a program application (available June 29, 2017)
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a minimum grade of "C" in prerequisite courses
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit your scores
  • Submit three recommendation letters, including one from a certified athletic trainer
  • Complete an interview with the athletic training faculty/staff
  • Complete a minimum of 50 observation hours with a sports medicine/rehabilitation healthcare provider
  • Submit a writing sample
  • Receive and submit a physical examination by a healthcare provider
  • Submit your immunization record
  • Submit TOEFL scores (international applicants only)
  • Read and sign program technical standards which meet the requirements outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Early Entry (3-2) program is designed for incoming freshmen (or transfers meeting degree matriculation requirements) who are interested in an accelerated path toward the advanced degree, and who want to earn their degree in five instead of six years. This option allows you to be granted permission to start athletic training coursework in your fourth year after the completion of all undergraduate and core requirements. To qualify for this option, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a University of Indianapolis undergraduate program
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Have a prerequisite course GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Minimum grade of C in prerequisite courses
  • Submit a letter from your undergraduate advisor approving that all designated university core, major and prerequisite courses will be completed prior to your fourth year of college

Students who earn early entry admission status must also complete or submit the following before receiving official admittance:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Three recommendations, including one from a certified athletic trainer
  • Interview with the athletic training program faculty/staff, if invited
  • Complete a minimum of 50 observation hours with a sports medicine/rehabilitation healthcare provider
  • Writing sample
  • Physical examination by a healthcare provider
  • Immunization record
  • TOEFL – for international applicants

The Early Assurance option is designed for incoming freshmen who have declared pre-athletic training as a concentration in conjunction with any undergraduate major. This option will inform your course selections throughout your undergraduate career. With acceptance into the Early Assurance program and fulfillment of all program criteria, you will be guaranteed admission into the master's degree program in athletic training.

To be considered for the Early Assurance program, you must be admitted into any undergraduate degree program by the University of Indianapolis and meet the following:

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Math SAT score of 560 or higher or Math ACT score of 23 or higher
  • SAT scores of 1080 (ERW and Math Total) or
  • ACT composite of 22
  • Declare pre-athletic training as a concentration by February 1

Once admitted to the Early Assurance program, you must meet the following academic standards and other requirements to keep your guaranteed status into the graduate program:

  • If following the Early Entry (3-2) Option, all undergraduate major requirements must be met before entering the graduate program, or if following the bachelor's degree option, the bachelor's degree must be completed before entering the graduate program.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Prerequisite course GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Grade of "C" or higher in all prerequisite course work. NOTE: Advanced Placement (AP) Credits are not accepted as prerequisites for the athletic training graduate program.
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit your scores
  • Submit three recommendation letters, including one from a certified athletic trainer
  • Complete an interview with the athletic training program faculty/staff
  • Complete a minimum of 50 observation hours with a sports medicine/rehabilitation healthcare provider
  • Submit a writing sample
  • Receive and submit a physical examination by a healthcare provider 
  • Submit your immunization records
  • Submit TOEFL scores (international applicants only)

Admissions policies

The Athletic Training Program director and ATP faculty/staff reserve the right to deny acceptance to any student.

UIndy upholds the technical standards set forth by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the health and safety policy designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All candidates must review the documents below and verify their understanding of the standards and policy before being granted acceptance into the program.

Prerequisite undergraduate courses

Course type UIndy equivalent
Human Anatomy with Lab Biology 103 – Principles of Human Anatomy
Human Physiology with Lab Biology 104 – Principles of Human Physiology
Exercise Physiology with Lab KINS 350 – Exercise Physiology or KINS 245
Nutrition KINS 249 or KINS 251
Biomechanics or Kinesiology KINS 410 – Biomechanics
Psychology or Sociology (3 credit hours)  
Chemistry with Lab (one semester) CHEM 150/CHEM 151 or CHEM 104
Statistics MATH 220 or MATH 245

Athletic Training Program Retention and Graduation Policy

In order to remain in good standing in the ATP, students must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  2. Earn a grade of "C" or higher in each course in the MSAT program
  3. Demonstrate satisfactory completion of all competencies and clinical proficiencies at the minimum required level, associated with the didactic and clinical education components of the program
  4. Meet program Professional Develop Units requirements (involvement in various service and professional activities as part of the program)